Press Release

WHAT: 

The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) will host its Third Annual Advocacy Days starting January 30, 2019 during the Georgia General Assembly legislative session. Five different Advocacy Days will focus on policies affecting people with disabilities and bring together advocates from across the state to speak with elected officials about various important issues. Topics will include DD Waiver Waiting List, Employment, Inclusive Post-Secondary Education, Direct Support Professionals and Home and Community Based Services.

WHEN:  

  • January 30 –  Advocacy Day #1 – Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE) Day – Join current students, future enrollees and alumni of Inclusive Post-Secondary Education programs here in Georgia as we educate our legislators about the increased employment opportunities these programs provide.
  • February 12 –  Advocacy Day #2 – Home & Community Based Services (HCBS) Waivers Day – Advocate for the protection and increase of more funding to reduce waiting lists for HCBS services like NOW, COMP, ICWP, CCSP and SOURCE waivers.
  • February 14 – Advocacy Day #3 – Everyone Out! Day – Let’s advocate for all those with disabilities remaining in institutional settings here in Georgia!
  • February 27 – Advocacy Day #4 – Direct Support Professional (DSP) Day – Come speak with your legislators about the workforce shortage of DSPs here in Georgia as well as the importance of a caregiver registry open to all HCBS waivers.
  • March 6 –  Advocacy Day #5 – Supported Decision-Making Day – Join us to educate our law makers on Supported Decision-Making as an alternative to guardianship for adults with disabilities.

TIME: 8 AM – 12 PM

WHERE: 

Central Presbyterian Church (across the Georgia State Capitol)
201 Washington St SW, Atlanta, GA 30334

Interviews:
●    Eric Jacobson, executive director of the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities
●    Dawn Alford, public policy director
●    Disability advocates and community leaders

About the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities:
The mission of GCDD is to advance social change, public policy, and innovative practices that increase opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to thrive where they live, learn, work, play, and worship in Georgia’s communities. www.gcdd.org